I don't know what happens inside a human being when he's lost a loved one . . . . As a Christian, I would say I suppose that I would like to travel the Lord's way of forgiveness. But, nevertheless, one must try and put oneself in a position we have not really gone through--losing your loved ones.
Q: It has been nearly 15 months since the ANC was legalized. What is your assessment of the ANC so far?
A: It's good for all of us that the ANC be strong. But I'm very concerned about the leadership level. I believe conflicts and jockeying for position are the things that are responsible for where we find ourselves now.
Q: \o7 Why would you want the ANC to be strong? Don't you have political ambitions of your own in this country?\f7
A: I wish, for the sake of all of us, that they should be strong. None of us wished them ill. We may compete as politicians, but . . . this country of ours should resolve issues through a multiparty democracy, not through one political party with awesome powers.
Q: \o7 Isn't KwaZulu, the self-governing territory run by you and Inkatha, a single-party operation?\f7
A: I haven't prevented other parties growing up. We never wanted to be a party. Our priority was to remove the white man's jackboot from our necks. That was not a normal situation. We believe the only way for all of us in South Africa is through multiparty democracy.
Q: \o7 Has Mr. Mandela been effective?\f7
A: I regret only one thing, that he doesn't seem to appreciate his strength as a martyr for black South Africa and his respect both nationally and internationally. I'm just sad that the man is constrained by all these Lilliputians (in the ANC), and that his great potential is not used for the benefit of the country as a whole.
Q: \o7 What role do you see for Inkatha in the new South Africa? Would you work in a government controlled by the ANC?\f7
A: I've said so many times. If it's Mr. De Klerk, I have no problem. If Dr. Mandela, no problem. But, on the other side, they must be prepared to serve under me. I've always said so. That's what democracy is about . . . .
Q: \o7 Are the wounds of South Africa too deep to heal?\f7
A: Our country has experienced many cataclysms in the last century . . . . We Zulus fought a bitter war with the British, but . . . we look at it unemotionally today as a situation where brave people fought on both sides. So if those wounds can be healed, I don't think there are any wounds that cannot be healed.